Francois Girard’s “Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould” was the top winner at Canada’s Genie Awards Sunday, picking up four trophies, including best picture and director.
The biopic of the Canuck pianist also took home Genies for cinematography (Alain Dostie) and editing (Gaetan Huot).
The closest contender was Paul Shapiro’s “The Lotus Eaters,” which nabbed three, including best actress for Sheila McCarthy. The Vancouver-made pic also won for screenplay (Peggy Thompson) and sound editing (Gael Maclean, Anke Bakker , Alison Grace, Ellen Gram, Maureen Wetteland).
The Genie Awards were held in French in Montreal for the first time, but that didn’t seem to help the Quebec contingent. For the second straight year, French-Canadian films fared poorly at the Genies: “Le Sexe des etoiles” and “La Florida,” which led the Franco race with eight nominations apiece, were virtually shut out, with “Le Sexe” winning one Genie for overall sound. “La Florida” was 0-for-8.
The other big loser was Sandy Wilson’s “Harmony Cats,” which didn’t land a single Genie, though it and “Lotus Eaters” led with 11 nominations each.
“I Love a Man in Uniform” earned Genies for Tom McCamus as actor and Kevin Tighe as supporting actor. The supporting actress Genie went to Nicola Cavendish from “The Grocer’s Wife.”
John Pozer, who helmed “Grocer’s,” was given the Claude Jutra Award for direction of a first feature.
John Dunning and Andre Link from Cinepix Inc. received the Air Canada Award, an annual prize given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the business of filmmaking in Canada. Sound-editing pioneer Ken Heeley-Ray was awarded a lifetime achievement award.